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Russian influence has become one of the dominant topics of the pre-election discourse: the results of media monitoring of the second round of elections

On Friday, April 19, 2019, the coalition of NGOs “Ukrainian Commission on Journalism Ethics”, “Human Rights Platform”, “Ukrainian Media and Communications Institute” and “StopFake” with the support of Council of Europe projects* held a press conference on media coverage of the election campaign on the eve of the second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine for the period from April 1 to April 12, 2019. The monitoring is carried

Russian News Monitor: April 1-7, 2019

By Ukrainian Election Task Force This is a regular weekly report by Detector Media, a partner of the Ukrainian Election Task Force, offering exclusive content covering the three main Russian state TV talk shows, particularly these shows’ coverage of Ukraine and the 2019 presidential election. Kremlin-backed media outlets often generate disinformation narratives that are then spread throughout Ukraine as well as Western Europe and the United States. We have identified

Ukrainian outlets Vesti and Strana.ua on Presidential Elections in Ukraine: Fake Narratives, Heroes and Antiheroes

Author: Anastasiia Grynko, PhD Fieldwork and Coding: Artem Laptiiev For ‘Stop Fake’ March 2019 Inroduction News and news-making processes are no longer narrowly focused solely on media practices related to the simple exchange of information.  In a growing number of cases it has become part of a proactive political and moreover, military strategy. Having been a part of the Soviet Union where the whole media system was centralised and controlled

Understanding and Combating Russian and Chinese Influence Operations

By Carolyn Kenney, Max Bergmann, and James Lamond, for the Center for American Progress Download the PDF here Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections has focused American attention on the long-standing and complicated subject of malign foreign influence operations. While Russia has brought this issue into the mainstream political conversation, concerns over the ability of foreign nations—particularly autocracies—to exploit the openness of America’s democracy in order to influence U.S. policy and

First monthly intermediate results of the EU Code of Practice against disinformation

By European Commission The Commission has received monthly reports from Google, Facebook and Twitter addressing actions taken during January 2019 towards implementation of the commitments on electoral integrity. These three online platforms are signatories of the Code of Practice against disinformation and the Commission asked them to report monthly on their actions undertaken ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2019, in particular on the scrutiny of ad placements,

Propaganda narratives most often appeared in online media – the first results of monitoring the coverage of presidential elections in Ukraine

On Monday, February 18, a coalition of CSOs consisting of “The Commission on Journalism Ethics”, “Human Rights Platform”, “Ukrainian Media and Communications Institute” and “StopFake” with the support of the Council of Europe* presented the first interim results of independent public monitoring of media coverage of the Presidential pre-election campaign in Ukraine were presented to the public. The monitoring covered the  period of 14 January – 3 February 2019. Since

Countering misinformation (fake news) in India: solutions and strategies

By Tejeswi Pratima Dodda, Rakesh Dubbudu, for Factly Media & Research Download the full report here. Executive Summary As India braces for the upcoming General Election in 2019, recent election experiences from countries like Brazil and United States have highlighted new challenges in information ow, access to data and the critical nature of misinformation in the context of technology and human behaviour. This is a relatively new and evolving subject with

Fake Narratives in Times of Presidential Elections: How Hybrid War Reshapes The Agenda of Ukrainian TV

Author: Anastasiia Grynko, PhD Fieldwork and Coding: Artem Laptiiev For ‘Stop Fake’ January-February 2019 Introduction Ukraine has been placed in the center of hybrid war since Russian occupation of Crimea and the war in Donbas[1]. Forgeries, or fake news, manufactured by Kremlin for political and military purposes,  have been dissiminated inside and outside of Russia targeting various states and audiences. Fake news have been widely defined as manipulative information in

Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report by House of Commons

By House of Commons, UK Parliament Summary This is the Final Report in an inquiry on disinformation that has spanned over 18 months, covering individuals’ rights over their privacy, how their political choices might be affected and influenced by online information, and interference in political elections both in this country and across the world—carried out by malign forces intent on causing disruption and confusion. We have used the powers of

Robotrolling 2019. Issue 1

By NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence Executive summary This report presents top-level findings from the first research project to systematically track and measure the scale of inauthentic activity on the Russian social network VK. On VK, a vocal core consisting of loyal news media, pro-Kremlin groups, and bots and trolls dominates the conversation about NATO. The volume of material from this core group is such, that overall genuine users

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